Chicago Restricts Charter Schools to Stop a Strike by Unionized Teachers
The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) got the tentative deal they wanted Monday night and a strike has been averted, but hidden in the complex collective-bargaining negotiations is an unprecedented attack on school choice directly from the teachers’ union.
What makes …
Chicago’s Descent into Lawlessness
Thirteen people were shot to death in Chicago over Labor Day weekend, bringing the city’s gun-homicide total to 512 since the beginning of the year. Already, the city has exceeded last year’s gun-homicide total (491), and it is on pace …
Impromptus: Chicago Journal
I can’t be in Chicago — certainly in the heart of it — and not think of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I guess that movie stamped me. It caught me at the right time (1986). Ferris is, among other …
Was Cedrick Chatman a Threat? New Video Suggests Another Questionable Chicago Police Shooting
It’s not dispositive, but following the release of the Laquan McDonald video and the revelations that Rahm Emanuel & co. almost certainly worked to bury it until after his tough reelection contest, the newly released video of the shooting of …
Rahm Emanuel Can’t Be Recalled — But Illinois Legislators Want to Change That
Rahm Emanuel’s hot seat may soon get toastier. Via the Associated Press:
The furor over recent Chicago police shootings has legislators considering whether voters should be allowed to recall Mayor Rahm Emanuel or future officials who hold his post.
Blame the Chicago Police Shooting Cover-Up on One-Party Rule
For a moment at least, the biggest political beneficiary of the shootings in San Bernardino wasn’t a presidential candidate or terrorist group. It was Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. The killing spree in Southern California distracted the national press at …
Rahm Emanuel: Police Going ‘Fetal’ for Fear of Ending Up on Evening News
Via the Washington Post:
When more than 100 of the nation’s top law enforcement and elected officials met for a private meeting last week in Washington, there were some pointed — and controversial statements — made. . . .
In an exchange with Attorney General …
Not content with making explicit attacks on Uber, AirBnB, and the “sharing economy” as a whole, Democrats have launched an even more egregious attack on something that rivals sex, alcohol, and food on Millennials’ “can’t survive without” lists: streaming …
Here’s What Your Postage Fees Are Buying in Chicago . . .
I know this will shock you, but an inspector general’s report out today finds that the U.S. Postal Service’s Chicago Network Distribution Center is wasting a lot of man-hours:
[The Inspector General] found the Chicago NDC’s parcel sorter …
What Can 955 Votes Get You? A GOP House Nomination!
So, how many votes does it take to win a Republican primary in a special House election in a district that includes a portion of Chicago and its southern suburbs when there’s a snowstorm?
Congratulations, Paul McKinley.
Chicago Teachers Threaten to Strike Rather Than Take a Pay Raise
Chicago’s public school teachers are the highest paid of any in the 50 largest districts in the country. And yet they are on the verge of striking once again — this time because their pay raise requires them to contribute …
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is chockfull of music, among other things. (Do you know that George Will called it the greatest movie of all time?) You have “Danke Schoen,” “Twist and Shout,” and more. I mention Ferris Bueller, early …
Chicago Teachers Union Strike No April Fools’ Joke
More than 300,000 Chicago children are missing school today because their teachers’ union wants taxes to rise. Unfortunately, this is not an April Fools’ prank. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is actually striking for higher taxes.
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) does …
Chicago 2015: Shootings by Police Down, Shootings by Everyone Else Up
Speaking of Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reports:
Chicago police officers shot 22 people in 2015, eight of them fatally. That’s a 40 percent drop in the total number of people shot compared with 2014, when 37 people were hit by police gunfire and 16 of …
Chicago Police Kill Man Threatening Family, Accidentally Kill Neighbor
Details on the accidental shooting Jim noted below, via the Chicago Tribune:
Police responding to a call about a domestic disturbance shot and killed a 19-year-old engineering student and a 55-year-old mother of five, and authorities acknowledged late Saturday that …
Chicago and Rahm Emanuel: Partners in Corruption
It is difficult to believe that Rahm Emanuel is in it for the money, but he is. Just not in the way that one usually means by that expression.
Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and former right hand to President …
In Chicago, Rahm Emanuel Faces a Crisis Brought on by Progressive Politics
Chicago — A Midwestern humorist, Indiana’s Kin Hubbard, said people often confuse bad management with destiny. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel knows better. He must play the cards that fate has dealt him, and he is too polite, or at …
Ex-Obama Aide Forced into Chicago Runoff
Illinois, the nation’s fiscal basket case, has been full of political surprises lately. Yesterday, Chicago, the home of the political machine that nurtured Barack Obama’s career, saw Mayor Rahm Emanuel forced into an April runoff against Councilman Jesus “…
‘If Gun Control Worked, Chicago Would Be Mayberry Right Now.’
No getting around it, a lot of bad news in today’s Morning Jolt — new explosions in Tripoli, Lebanon, today — but there’s at least one section that isn’t so grim:
‘If Gun Control Worked, Chicago Would Be Mayberry Right …
Early Voting Begins . . . in Chicago Today
Today is the first day of early voting in the primaries for the special House election in Illinois second congressional district.
A small army of Democrats is running for the seat; while the district scores a D+32 in the Cook …